A unique detective tale is depicted in this film of a teen detective Jagaa (Ranbir Kapoor) who while in a boarding school solves the murder case of his teacher and is naturally gifted to play a detective in the mould of the Bengal icons Feluda and Byomkesh Bakshi and the eternal icon Sherlock Holmes only this time round he has a Watson in a pretty school teacher and a journalist who is after the Purulia arms scandal case and she narrates the tale of Jagaa to her wards in the way that Tintin comics are narrated and the result is fairly good. Jagaa gets a well being video tape from his father Bagchi (Shashwat Chatterjee) on every birthday but then his tapes stop coming and he is worried about what could happen to his father and then he receives an explosive videotape by mistake which if fallen in the wrong hands could lead a grave loss to the country as it is an expose by Jagaa’s father on the Purulia scandal, and his taped reports which has to be handed to his Intelligence Chief Saurabh Shukla who is rogue and then he goes after Jagaa to recover the tape, and then the whole film is about the cat and mouse game between them shot on exotic locations. The film is narrated in a verse style as Jagaa is a chronic stammerer and prefers to sing songs to communicate what he says. Katrina Kaif looks beautiful and her performance is one of the bright things in the film. Ranbir Kapoor too puts a good show and this must count as one of his best performance. Saurabh Shukla is good as the bad intelligence officer. Shashwat Chatterjee as Jagaa’s gather is very good. Denzil Smith makes a chilling bad man. Sayani Gupta is good in a brief role. The director Basu has shot the film in a verse style which has been seen in Hindi films after Chetan Anand’s Heer Ranjha but the music of Pritam is not that effective to make it a musical hit. Music is a very important part of the film and it has just been superb. Specially considering that this film was made to be a musical. The concept has been great to do a musical but the lack of a screenplay is what brings the film down. Pritam has shone as usual with this film, with the soundtracks being loved and appreciated by many. Cinematographer Ravi Varman has shot the exotic locales in his usual slick way and the cinematography has been worldclass. Choreography is elaborate and wonderful. The film is too long and tiresome and a lot of times it had felt disjointed. The editor could have snipped the footage a little bit.
At the box-office
The film has taken a decent start but would need to perform out of its skin, literally, to recover the massive cost it has attached.